New Recycling Carts to Roll Out Monday

The blue bins will be delivered to single-family homes as part of Dunedin's new, single-stream recycling program that starts in October.

Dunedin's new recycling carts will roll out starting Monday.

The city will distribute its new, blue recycling bins to single-family homes over a two-week period beginning Sept. 17, said Bill Pickrum, solid waste division director.

The new carts are part of Dunedin's move to . Recyclables, including glass, plastic and cardboard, will be picked up once a week at the curb on the same day as residents' yard debris and bulk materials.

Regular, twice-a-week garbage pickup remains unchanged. 

The cost for recycling will be included as a part of residents' trash bills, and the current, monthly $2.79 fee for recycling is going away.

The new 65-gallon carts will include a label on the lid that will outline what types of items can be recycled and which day of the week they'll be collected.

Customers who normally have their trash picked up on Mondays should receive their new carts first, with other residents to follow. About 13,000 carts will be distributed to city residents, Pickrum said.

Those who live in multi-family condo communities and business owners who currently pay the city for recycling services aren't eligible to have the new recycling as part of their trash bills, according to Public Works Director Doug Hutchens. However, they're welcome to shop around or receive a favorable rate from the city's contractor, Hutchens said.

For more information about Dunedin's new recycling program, visit the city's website.

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Tawny Swain Castle September 14, 2012 at 11:02 AM
I cannot wait!!
Charles Smith September 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Who came up with this idea? What a fantastic idea. Anyone know where this came from? I can't wait to get mine. This should make the city some extra cash. I'm all for this.
Mary Tini September 14, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Heidi Thompson September 14, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Finally indeed! California has been doing this for years (at least the areas I know) and I always hoped it would come to Dunedin. I am certain once people find how much of their trash is really recyclables they will be more open to trash being picked up one day, the recylcle bin the other. Now if only there were one drop-off site for hazardous materials!
Lisa Bosley September 14, 2012 at 02:08 PM
So excited! And I'm a Monday trash person so I get mine first! Not to brag or anything, but that makes me really happy :)
Monty Seidler September 14, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Woo Hoo! Can't wait!
Ron Barnette September 14, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I was so pleased to be part of the entire City Commission last year when we decided to move ahead with convenient, single-stream recycling. Now it's about to be a reality! The wonderful city workers who are in charge of the actual deliveries of blue containers, along with a very creative, information sticker attached on top, really deserve top honors! Dunedin's doing this right, and I predict that residents will get on board quickly, as we help the environment, save the city much money which won't be spent on current trash delivery fees, and even reduce the cost for those who are currently paying for recycling, which will now not require any sorting. And please note this: there will not be any increase in cost for solid waste/recycling pickup for any Dunedin resident! We accomplished this city-wide program expertly, and I look forward to our own Barnette blue bin:) Ron Barnette, City Commissioner and Vice-Mayor
Jackie Lafountain September 14, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I think this is great......Thanks for making the initiative so easy!!!!
Dale Carr September 15, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Another reason Dunedin is delightful!
Don R September 15, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Many years in the making! The processing technology is finally available in the Tampa Bay area, so the collection can finally begin. Nearly 50% of what we throw away in the green garbage cart can now go in the new blue recycling cart. Do your part Dunedin, and fill that new cart up every week! Don Ross Solid Waste Consultant and former Dunedin Solid Waste Director
Sailgirl September 15, 2012 at 04:27 AM
We have to do this! I only wish the Lake Haven community would do it too. There are approx 500 units in there not recycling! Too bad! This is not rocket science! Good for the planet translates to good for us!
NB September 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Sure do wish the apt complexes in Dunedin could get city recycling too!
-Ed Harris- September 16, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Great example of how a city can go green without going in the red!
Mikey September 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Can we get this service at Patrician Oaks?
Chuck Fortin September 21, 2012 at 04:36 PM
As a new property owner, resident of a prominent high-density condominium complex adjacent to downtown Dunedin, I was both surprised and disappointed that all undesired articles are indiscriminately dumped in out-of-sight, out-of-mind vertical tunnels on each floor. I suspect that there are other local complexes that maintain this environmentally reprehensible practice. While blue bins for individual single-family homes are a positive start, ALL Dunedin citizens have the responsibility to minimize and recycle reusable waste. Complex residents are not entitled to a free ride and many would welcome the opportunity to do their part.


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